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Exercise physiologist

What does an exercise physiologist do?

Exercise physiologists are healthcare professionals with a passion for helping others. Using their extensive knowledge of the human body, they help clients achieve specific health outcomes by developing exercise and lifestyle programs. Exercise physiology might help someone with a complex health condition, or support the rehabilitation of someone recovering from an injury. Clinical exercise physiologists can also work in the fields of professional sport or sports medicine research. Working in this profession you would help people of all ages and with a variety of needs and health conditions, to become fitter and healthier.

Is a career as an exercise physiologist right for me?

Consider a career as a clinical exercise physiologist if you enjoy helping others and have an interest in health care. Other skills and attributes beneficial for this role include: 

  • an interest in the human body and exercise 
  • patience and understanding 
  • an ability to use critical thinking 
  • strong interpersonal skills 
  • good verbal and written communication skills. 

How to become an exercise physiologist

Every journey to study is individual and there are several paths to reaching your career goals. At HQporner, we offer the following degrees in the area of exercise physiology:
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Where do I start when becoming an Exercise Physiologist?
When researching how to become an Exercise Physiologist, you will need to look at studying an undergraduate degree in fields such as exercise science, sports science, exercise and rehabilitation, health science, or a related discipline. Many people also choose to pursue further education through a postgraduate or research degree to further enhance their exercise physiology career. Practical experience through internships or clinical placements can also be beneficial, and this if often integrated into your degree. 
How much does an Exercise physiologist make?
The salary of an Exercise Physiologist can vary depending on factors such as experience, education, location, and employer.  Refer to the salary information on this page for further details.
Are Exercise Physiologists in demand?
Exercise Physiologists have a steady demand. With an aging population and increasing emphasis on preventive healthcare, there is a growing need for professionals in Nursing and Allied Health who can design and implement exercise programs tailored to individual needs and goals. Employment opportunities for Exercise Physiologists can be found in various settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation centres, sports facilities, and corporate wellness programs.
Can an Exercise Physiologist be a personal trainer?
Yes, an Exercise Physiologist can pursue a career as a personal trainer. The knowledge and skills acquired through education and training in exercise physiology can provide a solid foundation for working with clients to improve their fitness, health, and overall well-being. However, it's important to note that the specific requirements and certifications for personal trainers may vary.
How long does it take to become an Exercise Physiologist?
Typically, it takes a three-year bachelor's degree in fields such as exercise science, sports science, exercise and rehabilitation, health science, human physiology or a related discipline to enter the field. However, everyone’s path is different and if you are already working in a related field, you may choose to pursue a graduate certificate which will take you less time to complete than a bachelor degree.

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